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FLOOD OF JANUARY 2007

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Hawker & Cradock Flood - 20 January 2007


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A monsoonal depression dumped a record 173.7 mm of rain on Hawker and much of the surrounding country in the period from Thursday to Saturday 18 -20 January 2007.

The heaviest rain commenced about 2am on the Friday morning and continued until about noon on Saturday. In this time about 150 mm fell resulting in the old railway dam in Hawker filling and overflowing and all creeks in the area becoming raging torrents.

Severe damage occurred to the Wilpena Road, 5km from Hawker where the Wonoka Creek ran a huge flood.

Wilpena Road damage

Wonoka Creek 7am Saturday

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Hookina Creek 4pm Saturday

Hookina Creek ran a monster flood over the Leigh Creek road, 16km north of Hawker. Flood waters from the Wonoka and Arkaba Creeks combined to form this massive flood whose waters should have reached Lake Torrens.

Cradock Sunday 2pm

Northern approach to Cradock

Northern approach to Cradock

"Bitumen" 1km NW of Cradock

Damage to Cradock - Hawker Road

Cradock probably experienced its worst flood since European settlement. The Cradock Creek well and truly burst its bank in Cradock and along the bitumen road towards Hawker. Major flooding occurred for kilometres beyond the creek taking with it fencing and damaging the recently (2003) constructed bitumen road.

3 days after the rain stopped

Wonoka Creek, Wilpena Road

Tree resting place, Wonoka Creek

Duck pond & lizard

Close up of lizard

Hookina Creek crossing after repairs

West End Flat "road"

Debris caught in centre tree shows flood level
New January Rainfall records

In the 24 hours ending at 9am on Saturday 20th January Hawker received 125.4mm of rain. This surpassed the previous record for any day in January of 112.5mm on 19 January 1937. In addition, the monthly total of 176.1mm surpasses the previous record 0f 157mm which fell in January 1937.

The daily total of 125.4mm on 20th January was the highest official recording for the whole of Australia. Source: Australian Weather News

District rainfall map for 18 - 21 January 2007
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